Fearing that Zentraedi confrontations with SDF-1 forces may spill out wider to other areas, UNDF forces stationed around Pacific region are given strict orders by UEDC High Command not to send reinforcements to the battered SDF-1 valiant troops. As the real story of the actual events regarding SDF-1 & Macross City a year ago begin to leak worldwide, the world populace start to question UEG & UNDF abilities to fend off alien attacks. UEG propaganda arms continue to feed false rumors & inaccurate reports over the incident, but public outcries following UEG decision regarding the fate of the refugees stowed aboard SDF-1 grew much stronger.
In May 2010, in Captain Gloval desperate attempt to force the UEG’s hand regarding the fates of the refugees, SDF-1 begin low flights above North American cities, while broadcasting Gloval’s demand over uncoded frequencies. In that instance, the tight fabricated stories strewn together by UEG political apparats fall apart. Canadian Government later approves & agrees to receive SDF-1’s refugees where the City of Toronto in Ontario Quadrant is the main relocation center for the refugees. Unfortunately, Khyron forces launch another unauthorized assault to SDF-1, where his cruisers pound salvoes towards the battered battlefortress, which results in the overload of the ship’s omni-directional barrier defense system. The aftermath is disastrous as it causes a complete destruction of innocent civilian lives & properties within 25-mile radius. The Canadian Government withdraws its offer following the event.
The world’s public opinions are also changed following the recent carnage in Ontario Quadrant, which swing in favor of UEG. UEDC immediately issues orders to all UNDF military outposts strewn all over the world to shoot down SDF-1 if the battlefortress ever flew over UEG & its affiliated nations’ airspace. Sir Robert A. Rhysling - UEG Prime Minister with the backing of UNDF Field Marshal Commander Donald Hayes & UEDC High Command, immediately issue order & ultimatum that SDF-1 shall sortie away from Earth to keep the Zentraedi forces at bay, shall the SDF-1 refuses to so, it will ultimately faces UNDF guns. The fates of the refugees are also sealed as they alongside SDF-1 crews & personnels are considered as expendable.
As SDF-1 begins loading supplies for her yet another voyage to deep space, a great disturbance occurs in Sol-system, as untold numbers of alien gargantuan ships emerge from massive folds. Breetai Kridanik has return to finish his job.
Back in Dolza space fortress, follows by his failure to recapture the micronian captives, Breetai is relieved of the SDF-1 retrieval mission, & Dolza entrusts 502nd Meltran Assault Fleet - Azonia Laplamiz Command & its infamous Meltran Armored Air Assault Division - Miriya Parino Command to link up & taking over command of Breetai's 101st Assault Combined Fleet & Khyron's Botoru Division in Sol-system. This latest twist of event infuriates Khyron Kravshera, who long resents Meltrandi (female Zentraedi) supremacy in various armed conflicts Zentraedi have ever faced. Khyron shows his displeasure of perceives Azonia's usurpation to Breetai's command by repeatedly ignores her orders not to harm SDF-1. On Azonia part, Khyron open disobedience is a major liability as he continues to undermine her commanding capabilities, clearly as if she is the incompetent leader unfit to command the Zentraedi forces in Sol-system. In one of her direct confrontational bouts with Khyron, SDF-1 manages to punch through the Zentraedi blockade in March 2010 CE & returns to Earth, landing in Pacific Ocean safely.
Realising that Zentraedi troops morale at all time low, Azonia Laplamiz discreetly plans for the elimination of SDF-1 top pilots & asserts her control over Khyron's unruly Botoru Division (which includes eliminating Khyron if necessary) by using one of her top field commanders, Miriya Parino - the best pilot in the entire Zentraedi Armada. Miriya Parino has experience against the micronian foes during her first mission in inserting several Zentraedi spies aboard SDF-1, is also known for her ignorance to inter-rivalries that oft played out amongst Zentraedi High Command. Azonia feels that it is high time for SDF-1 defenders to feel the Meltrandi stings.
Her plans are put immediately, albeit cautiously & discreet. However, as usual, Khyron the Backstabber has another plan, one that will ultimately bring Azonia Laplamiz downfall, & to get Miriya Parino off his tail as to brush off any potential obstacle of his ultimate objective; the destruction of SDF-1.
As inter-rivalries between Zentraedi top commanders threaten the loyalties of troops in the alien fleet, SDF-1 Captain Henry Gloval accompanying by Lt. Cmdr Lisa Hayes are whisk off to UEDC Command Center in Alaska to present their findings & petition to allow 70 000 Macross City refugees to disembark to the General Staffs. Politic plays it hands as UEDC High Command unanimously rejects Gloval's petition as the sudden appearances of thousands of Macross City's citizens long declare as dead will creates a worldwide distrust over UEG credibility, not to mention the panic & chaos if the presence of possible hostile alien fleet hovers above Earth orbit is disclosed. Meanwhile, Khyron foils Azonia's surprised attack by launching of his own unauthorised assault on SDF-1 in the Pacific. As the assault is later repelled, Captain Gloval fears that another attack by Zentraedi forces will ultimately jeopardize the safety of the refugees aboard SDF-1.
In April 2010, SDF-1 forces suffer a terrible blow as Azonia launches her delayed plan to attack SDF-1. Several top pilots & aces are killed in Miriya's Quadronos forces first direct assault, including SDF-1's Commander Air Group, Roy Fokker. Captain Gloval's own fears come through as Miriya battles her way deep inside SDF-1, into Macross City population center. Despite the fact that 3rd Lt. Maximillian Sterling later bests the Quadrono leader, Miriya's intrusion shows how vulnerable the safety of the civilians despite the fact they are safely cocooned inside the battlefortress. As SDF-1 mourns the deaths of her top aces, Gloval sets his plan to resettle the refugees into motion.
So i decided to finally break down and purchase THE FORCE UNLEASHED for its newly released full retail value. Ah well, I actually downloaded the demo on XBOX Live and man, it was one of the best games I have played thus far.
Its really interesting how your character can pick up objects using "the force" and tossing them around. Still haven't had a chance to play it, possibly tomorrow after work.<
Installment #3 of the Mind of Lancer...
As I come closer to my B-Day (Oct 9) I think about where my life is and what Robotech has meant to me in this life. I look at my Shrine O'Robotech and see all of my Books, RPGs, CDs, Masterpiece Collections, YGO Custom Playmat, and of course my Prized Possesion an Autographed poster from Macek and Ahmed Agrama dated Aug. '86 framed on my wall. I think about all the cool new friends I have met and just thinking to myself...Dude if in 1985 when I first saw this awesome show that I would have met the Creator/Director, Chief Artist, Michael Bradley and know people of Harmony Gold on a 1st name basis in 20yrs...I would've thought I was nuts!
Frustrated by the lack of progress over his mission to capture the SDF-1, Commander Breetai Kridanik hatches a new scheme with the help of his trusted Domillan (Advisor), Exedore Formo. His plan is almost flawless, however, when Breetai add in another variable in his stratagem despite Exedore’s objections, a whole war scenario begin to change. It all begins when Breetai summons the Zentraedi wild card, the Botoru 7th Mechanised Division – Khyron Kravshera Command. A black sheep, wily, undisciplined unruly Zentraedi outfit in the entire Zentraedi Armada, lead by their illustrious Commander, Khyron Kravshera, the Botoru Divison is known to commit the most brutal, bloody & ruthless war conducts. Even the most experienced Zentraedi troopers fear Khyron, already infamous for his penchant of killing his own troops, alas even Zentraedi Domillans oft warned their Fleet Commanders of Khyron’s unpredictability & over-zealous ambitions despite his successes in every battlefronts. Alas, it is that unpredictability’s that Khyron possesses that piques Breetai’s interest to include him in the confrontations against the new, unpredictable foe, the ‘Micronians’ (derogatory terms to any primitive alien species deem by the Robotech Masters).
In October 2009, SDF-1 receives a distress signal coming from Mars, despite from records stating that Mars Base Sara is an abandoned colony & there are no survivors from earlier conflict. During their brief stopover in Mars to collect supplies from the abandoned base, underground gravity mines trap SDF-1, lay earlier by Khyron troops, & has to fend off Khyron forces ferocious assault. UNDF personnel aboard SDF-1 have never witness such cunning & overdoses of ferocities committed the Zentraedi as based upon their previous encounters. However, SDF-1 manages to break free by detonating the reflex reactor of Sara Base to free itself & emerges victorious in Battle of Mars Base Sara.
Suffers the 1st setback in his illustrious career, Khyron vows to destroy the battlefortress & its occupants. His deep hatred for the humans is further demonstrated by his forces every actions against SDF-1. His most hostile intentions become to be known by Breetai when in January 2010, Khyron’s ship fires a shot to SDF-1 command tower while the battleforess is hiding deep within the asteroid belt to avoid Zentraedi detection, which resulting in the destruction of the ship’s long range radar – despite Breetai’s order of only firing warning shots. Exedore’s warnings regarding Khyron reckless actions begin to ring true in Breetai’s ears. However, Khyron’s action in destroying SDF-1’s radar system has its own long term repercussions, something even Breetai, Supreme Commander Dolza, even Khyron himself, as the repercussions tie together with the fate of his warrior race.
In February 2010, a reconnaissance unit under SDF-1’s First Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lisa Hayes & several pilots (from Vermillon Valkyrie Squadron – 2nd Lt. Richard Hunter, Cpl. Maximillian Sterling & Cpl. Bernard Dixon) are captured by Breetai troops. Upon capture, the team is bring along through hyperspace travel to Dolza’s main Headquarters, where they are subject to rigorous interrogations by the Zentraedi Supreme Commander Dolza, Breetai Kridanik, Exedore Formo & several Zentraedi officers. The team manages to escape Dolza’s clutches through sheer luck, by boarding a troop transport ship back to Sol-system. Upon rescue, through findings bring forward by Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Hayes, SDF-1 command learns the true nature of the Zentraedi society, their intentions to reclaim the battlefortress & their bizarre but yet sickening fascination over human mating ritual. Perhaps more importantly, of ‘Protoculture’ – a power source use to fuel Zentraedi terror mechas & spaceships, & the genetic evolution of the Zentraedi. Humans have long use & apply Protoculture cells & generators following Robotechnology breakthroughs in Robotech mechas & space ships, without ever realizing its true name & in extension, its true potential.
As 101st Assault Combined Fleet under Breetai Kridanik’s command slowly makes its cautious approach towards Earth, UNDF orbital observation satellites have detected a large anomaly near lunar orbit. As all orbital & space defence platforms go red alert, it will take several hours for UEG High Command & UNDF forces on Terra to receive frantic communiqué on approaching fleet as Zentraedi are jamming the airwaves.
Breetai later dispatches two scout Tou-Redir sloop ships to investigate any possible traps that set up in anticipation of Zor’s battlefortress reclamation by the fleet. Indeed this come to pass, as the onboard systems of SDF-1 detects the approaching scout ships & automatically fires & obliterates the Zentraedi scout cruisers, plus a large chunk of Macross Island land mass. The Zentraedi waste no time by single handedly with ease destroy Earth’s orbital defenders, as UN Space Navy (UN Spacy) assets are no match to Zentraedi fire power. In the initial assault, Zentraedi fleet fire salvoes of pinpoint accuracy laser bombardment on Macross Island while UNDF forces stationed there busily defending the island from probing assault by Zentraedi ground forces. UNDF forces under the command of capable Captain Henry J Gloval & largely inexperienced SDF-1 crews try to launch SDF-1 to orbital positions to rendezvous with UNDF space forces only to discover most their reinforcement has been destroyed. All in all, 4 Oberth class cruisers & 4 ARMD carriers fall prey to Zentraedi guns, including countless number of UNDF personnel back on Macross Island & those in space forces.
In order to escape the Zentraedi clutches, SDF-1 crews make a serious miscalculation in fold navigation (by folding out within planetary orbit, unheard of space tactic amongst the space faring Zentraedi) as the fold maneuver send the SDF-1 & Macross Island land mass to deep space near Pluto (9th planet in Sol-system) instead of lunar orbit as projected. The Zentraedi fleet later in hot pursuit of SDF-1 disappears from Earth’s orbit, leaving behind carnage remains of UNDF space forces & bewildering UEG back on Earth.
During its perilous journey back to Earth, SDF-1 crews execute several miracles that continue to endear us till this day. Chief amongst them is the rescue mission to save Macross City populations trapped in Macross Island’s shelters (who are also transported to Pluto following the misfold) despite overwhelming odds. With technical expertise of SDF-1 technicians, Macross City (& along with its 70 000 civilian refugees) is transferred & rebuild within SDF-1 itself. Super carrier Daedalus & landing ship Prometheus are attached to SDF-1, where they become the main launch pad for VF-1 Valkyries squadrons’ flight operations & Destroid deployment center.
Several clashes between SDF-1 forces & the Zentraedi are underway as the battlefortress make its one-year journey back to Earth. Several discoveries are also made following these combat operations, such as the unique ability of SDF-1 to undergo modular transformation to fire its main Reflex Cannons, & the application of Pinpoint Barrier System plus the ingenious Daedalus Attack Maneuver for the ship’s defense. These new tactics help SDF-1 forces to beat back Zentraedi harassments such as evidence in the Battle of Saturn’s Rings, significantly buoying hopes of the new Robotech Defenders. However, little do they realize, the Zentraedi under Breetai’s command hold back most of their gigantic forces at bay, always prefer to send small token assault forces to test & wear out SDF-1 defenders. However, Breetai’s patience is wearing thin, as Dolza’s order ‘to capture SDF-1 intact’ seem way beyond Breetai & his Zentraedi conditionings, whose preference is to destroy their enemies outright. It is by sheer luck that SDF-1 & its crews headed by Captain Gloval are spared of total destruction, as much as Breetai’s own officers incredulities of Dolza’s order. However, the cat & mouse games play out by Captain Gloval & Commander Breetai begin to change as SDF-1 pay a visit to Mars, where the 1st confrontation between humans & Zentraedi occurs nearly 4 years ago.
However, back on Earth, a different kind of scenario is played out by the UEG High Command, as its propaganda arms release a statement stating that SDF-1 & Macross City is destroyed by a nuclear bomb detonation by anti-unification terrorists. Realising all to well of their predicament, UEG High Command speeds up the construction of humanity’s most destructive weapon, the Grand Cannon deep within the Alaskan region. The lost of SDF-1 together with manufacturing infrastructure for the VF-1 Valkyries & Destroid series, Earth scientists fine tuning Overtechnology (Robotechnology without Protoculture applications) – in which Earth mecha factories produce VF-0 Phoenix & conventional Destroid series in large numbers in anticipation of further Zentraedi incursions. Indeed, there are series of incursions by smaller Zentraedi units into Earth to test Earth’s defenses & harasses Earth’s Robotech forces, but the armed confrontations only occurs in isolated areas, far from human habitation centers. These incursions naturally go unreported, as United Earth Defence Council (UEDC) fears a widespread panic amongst the world’s public especially during aftermath of Macross Island destruction.
The 30 foot tall goliaths are bio-genetically engineered solely for the purpose of warfare & conquests, at the behest of their enigmatic overlords, the Robotech Masters. Centuries earlier, the Masters has expand their interstellar Empire to great heights, with help from their most crowning achievement, the Zentraedi. Helmed by Dolza, the Zentraedi Supreme Commander, the Zentraedi forces number in 5.8 million ships, billions of hard-hitting mechas, Masters carve their Empire at the corner of Milky Way.
As wars against dissidents, rebellious Disciples of Zor & with mysterious Invid draw to conclusions, the trigger-happy Zentraedi find themselves bereft of new enemies, apart from the occasional space pirates unlucky enough to cross their path with the vaunted Zentraedi. Earlier, in 1940 CE, the Zentraedi Task Force tracks down & destroy the last Disciple of Zor’s outpost; while in 1947 CE, they deliver a heavy & devastating blow to Invid forces in Tawkhan campaign, effectively drive the Invid out from their military hideout deep within Large Magellanic Cloud. This Imperial Task Force gains its notoriety from the abovesaid campaigns, & lead by its illustrious Fleet Commander, Breetai Kridanik, the 101st Assault Combined Fleet find itself to be the elites of the Zentraedi, second only to their brethrens in Masters own vaunted Tirolian Border Forces.
Zor Derelda, the aging 1st Robotech Master – founder of Robotechnology & creator of Protoculture - disgusted by his colleagues ie. Robotech Masters misuse of his ‘Holy Grail’ especially unnecessary terrible wars caused by Masters greed for power & glory, he secretly plans for the downfall of the Masters. Follow by the ever demanding needs for protoculture to fuel Masters warmachines & industrials needs of its vast Empire, Zor Derelda is tasked by the Masters to reseed Flower of Life to suitable planets within the fourth Quadrant as to produce viable protoculture matrices. Zor Derelda has long duped his tyrannical compatriots by supplying sterile version of Flower of Life to the Empire for centuries while he holds the secrets (& the original fertile species) to himself. In July 1999 CE, in one of his seeding mission on undisclosed location, under the watchful eyes of Zentraedi Borderers (of Tirolian Border Forces), Zor has secretly programmed his ship, a Makross class-battlefortress to fold to parts out of Masters influence – a planet Zor believes is the ancestral home of Tirolian race; Earth. This indeed come to pass, as Zor is later killed during an Invid ambush, & his ship automatically disappears from the far corners of the Empire, carrying within its bowel the last known fertile Flower of Life & the last of viable Protoculture Matrix.
Robotech Masters, fearing the collapse of the Empire cause by protoculture crises, tasks Dolza’s forces to track down the missing battlefortress. Dolza later choose the best of his most trusted fleet commanders, Breetai Kridanik & his vaunted 101st Assault Combined Fleet to search & capture Zor’s wayward battlefortress by any necessary means. Thus begins the 10-Earth standard years voyage of 101st Assault Combined Fleet to Earth, an insignificant small planet in Masters scheme of universal domination.
In late February 2009 CE, on Earth, the launch ceremony for Earth premier space battlefortress - SDF 1 is underway on Macross Island to mark the crowning achievement of UEG. Despite the buoyant & festive moods amongst humanity, a large alien fleet materializes on Earth doorstep. The Zentraedi have arrived.
|MARS BASE SARA INCIDENT |
Back in 2005 CE, several months after the assassination of the 1st UEG Prime Minister & shortly before the appointment of the 2nd Prime Minister, an Unidentied Flying Object (UFO) enters Sol-system undetected. The unknown intruder zooms & slips in near Mars, specifically on Sara Base, a UN Research & Development Center. The lone ship later detected the presence of a new technology on the red planet, not unlike its own, but more similar towards their hunted objective – a technology fields by a spaceship that escaped their clutches 6 years earlier, Earth standard. It is by that time, the Research Center scientists are experimenting on a new, reliable method of producing unlimited & clean energy based on technologies gleaned from the fallen SDF-1 – which is known as Reflex Furnace generator (which powered by Protoculture – unknown by its name at that time). Earth based communication center lose contact with Sara Base soon after, shortly after receiving a distress communiqué that all the research center staff are being evacuated.
From surviving records, it is believed that the lone ship has destroyed the escape shuttles, killing all Sara Base personnels & in the process, the ship also perishes by unknown means. UEG never sent any investigation team to Mars following the Sara Base incident, & keep the world public in the dark for months before making an announcement regarding the incident. UEG propaganda arm under Senator Napoleon A Russo quickly put the blame squarely on anti-unification terrorist groups; however the identity of the real perpetrators is never known.
UEG High Command continues to be puzzled with Sara Base Incident, but more pressing matters on Earth put the case on backburner. Never do humanity realize, the first incursion of Sol-system has been put into motion by the visit of the lone ship responsible for Mars Base Sara Incident – alien in origin, known by its given original name; Tou-Redir scout sloop ship. Unbeknownst to humanity too, shortly before the ship’s destruction, it manages to send a coded message to outer space. A message that contains a precise location of Sol-system & of Earth, send through hyperspace to 101st Assault Combined Fleet – Breetai Kridanik Command. The alien fleet slowly changes its course & make its way to Sol-system as it will take the fleet another 4 Earth standard years to complete its journey to hunt for their ultimate objective, the SDF-1.
The Zentraedi are on their way to Earth ……
BY: COLONEL (ret) MAHMOUD ABBAS (UEEF – INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT)
RFS DIGEST, JUNE 2044 EDITION
When one discusses on one of the most important interstellar event in humanity history, one can not escapes from reviewing the oft painful, tragic final years of the 1st decade in twenty-first century CE, a period known to most as First Robotech War.
Much documentation on this very era has been published prior to this very article, whereby the author wishes for the readers not to rely solely on information contain herein. The purpose of this article is to provide readers with various insights during this era of humankind prior to the Malcontent Uprisings & Second Robotech War.
BEFORE THE STORM
Prior to the arrival of the 30 foot alien goliaths, the Zentraedi, humankind have started to enjoy a decade of peace, despite several crises in a way that do not venture into the era of Global Civil War.
In January 2005, with UEG finally proclaimed & the armed forces under UNDF establish itself through four corners of the world, Earth populations gearing towards global unity, it seems that the fate of humanity is rosy at that time. Despite threats from anti-unification forces, UNDF manages to contain them in isolated areas around the world. Only major achievements gained by the anti-unifications are the assassination of 1st UEG Prime Minister - Harlan J. Niven & the attempted assassination of UN Navy Admiral Donald Hayes (the car-bomb attack claims the life of the admiral's wife Sara Hayes), a hijacking attempt on newly constructed Oberth-space destroyer which later is foiled by the then infamous Captain Henry J Gloval, small but major conflict with UNDF in South Pacific over unknown alien artifact, & several hostile incursions into Macross Island.
Second UEG Prime Minister – Sir Robert A. Rhysling, a former EU (European Union) bureaucrat, with the full support of United Earth Defense Council (UEDC) & military figures in UNDF – mainly from Admiral Donald Hayes of UN Navy (who is later promoted to UNDF Field Marshal in late 2007), launch a bloody campaign to wipe out anti unification forces. The success of the campaign strengthens UNDF – especially UEG standings in the eyes of the world’s public. Unfortunately, certain restrictions are imposed on free media by UEG following a successful lobbying forwarded to UEG by Senator Napoleon Alphonse Russo, a politician cum media magnate in his attempts to monopolise world’s media market.
Robotechnology, the new ‘Holy Grail’, continues to blossom under the guidance & tutelage of UN Robotech Research Center at Macross, headed by its Research Director – Dr. Emil Lang. The by-products of his center, namely “Excalibur” Destroid-series weapons platforms, limited production VF-0 Phoenix prototypes & VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighters (Veritech) programmes, Oberth & Armor (ARMD) series of Earth’s first space-ships, Mars Base Sara, perhaps, last but not least, the rebuilding of Super Dimensional Fortress 1 (formerly of Alien Star Ship 1) on Macross Island, are the stepping stone to mark humanity hallmark achievement within their solar system, even beyond.
Despite the appearance that former enemies & allies working together for the common goals to improve the humanity, UEG in reality has descended into corruptions & power struggles by its ambitious politicians. Money politics become rampant – albeit discreetly, political & financial kickbacks become the norm. However, all these seem minor, compare to what is waiting to greet them from the far corner of the galaxy.